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Hawkmoths of Australia
Identification, Biology and Distribution
Hawkmoths are large charismatic insects with highly variable and colorful larvae. Some species are specialized in their habitat preferences, but others are widespread and often encountered in gardens. However, little is known about most species, and associating the adults with their larvae has previously been difficult or impossible.
Hawkmoths of Australia allows identification of all of the Australian hawkmoths for the first time and treats species found on mainland Australia, Tasmania and all offshore islands within Australian limits. It presents previously undescribed life histories of nearly all species and provides a comprehensive account of hawkmoth biology, including new parasitoids and their hawkmoth hosts. Detailed drawings and photographs show the external and internal morphology of adults and immatures, and eggs, larval instars and pupa. Keys are provided for last instar larvae and pupae of the 71 species that the authors have reared. The book is concluded by a glossary, appendices to parasitoids and larval foodplants, an extensive reference list with bibliographical notes and a comprehensive index.
The wealth of new information in this book makes it an essential reference for anyone interested in these moths.
Hawkmoths of Australia is Volume 13 of the Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Series.
Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera: previous volumes in this series
Organisation and presentation
Structure and function
Collection and preservation
Classification and nomenclature
The Australian fauna
Appendix 1: Sphingidae-Parasitoid associations
Appendix 2: Summary of known larval foodplants